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Not to be confused with Redirect.
Ability hunter misdirection
  • Misdirection
  • 100 yd  range
  • 30 sec cooldown
  • Instant cast
  • The current party or raid member targeted will receive the threat caused by your next damaging attack and all actions taken for 4 sec afterwards. Transferred threat is not permanent, and will fade after 30 seconds.
Usable by
Cooldown30 sec
Level required76
Related buff
Ability hunter misdirection
  • Misdirection
  • Redirecting threat.
  • Duration: 30 seconds
Related buff
Ability hunter misdirection
  • Misdirection
  • Threat redirected to target.
  • Duration: 4 seconds
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Misdirection is a hunter ability learned at level 76. It redirects threat caused by the hunter onto a friendly target for the next 4 seconds. Transferred threat is not permanent, and will fade after 30 seconds.

Modified by

Ability hunter misdirection
  • Glyph of Misdirection
  • Major Glyph
  • Classes: Hunter
  • Requires level 75
  • "When you use Misdirection on your pet, the cooldown on your Misdirection is reset."
Inv glyph minorhunter2020
  • Glyph of Direction
  • Item Level 25
    Disenchants into:
    Not disenchantable
  • Minor Glyph
  • Classes: Hunter
  • Requires level 25
  • Use: Permanently teaches you this glyph.
    Causes your Misdirection target to appear larger.
  • Sell Price: 1Silver


  • The target of Misdirection can remove their buff.
  • This is a highly recommended skill for instances and considered essential for raids. It allows the hunter to execute difficult pulls for the tank. It can effectively add threat for the tank both at the pull, as well as during the middle of a long fight if used repeatedly.
  • If Misdirection is used to pull groups of linked mobs, all mobs will go onto the target of Misdirection even if they were not hit.
  • Note that [Distracting Shot] is not affected by Misdirection.
  • Works great on AoE pulls to be used with [Explosive Trap], solidly anchoring the trap aggro onto the main tank.

Patch changes

  • 0300Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.3.0 (08-Dec-2009): Redesigned. Instead of having finite charges, it now begins a 4-second timer when the hunter using Misdirection performs a threat-generating attack, during which all threat generated by the hunter goes to the friendly target. In addition, multiple hunters can now misdirect threat to the same friendly target simultaneously.
  • 0200Bc icon Patch 2.3.0 (13-Nov-2007): This spell will now always be removed correctly if multiple Hunters overwrite each other’s Misdirection.; If a Hunter attempts to use this ability on a target which already has an active Misdirection, the spell will fail to apply due to a more powerful spell already being in effect. This will not trigger the cooldown or cost any mana.
  • 0200Bc icon Patch 2.1.2 (2007-06-19): Fixed bug with Misdirection where sometimes only two attacks were redirected instead of three.
  • 0200Bc icon Patch 2.0.3 (09-Jan-2007): "Misdirection" will now redirect the threat from "Distracting Shot".

External links

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Patch date8 December 2009 +, 13 November 2007 +, 19 June 2007 + and 9 January 2007 +

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